There was a protest meeting at Esplanade in Calcutta today, against the political and police repression in Singur and Nandigram, and the forced acquisition of agricultural land by the state on behalf of capitalists. The programme, in the name of "intellectuals", was organised by a coalition of organisations and individuals.
This was a follow-up to the street rally in Calcutta on 12 January.
The demonstration was well-attended. It was heartening to know that there is a substantial section of civil society / intelligentsia who have not enslaved themselves to the ruling party in return for the crumbs of patronage extended by the state.
Speakers urged for a forum to be forged, for protest and opposition, and to articulate and build a movement for alternative and socially just public policy. A people's convention is expected to be held around mid-February.
From Singur to Nandigram -
the new name of resistance.
No more deaths - no more
Singur and Nandigram.